By Gavin Gibbon
Food is being provided through the kitchen of a Lebanese family
The United Arab Emirates’ embassy in Lebanon has distributed 25,000 Ramadan iftar meals to “the most needy” families in Beirut.
The initiative has been conducted by the Humanitarian and Development Affairs Attaché at the Embassy in cooperation with the Al-Ghina Charitable Association.
Areas where the meals have been sent to include Tariq Al-Jdideh, Aisha Bakkar, Wata Al-Msaitbeh, Sabra, Shatila, Mar Elias, Mazraa, Al-Bashoura, Al-Malla, Qasqas and Al-Janah.
"This humanitarian project aims to improve the difficult social status in light of the circumstances that Lebanon is going through, especially in wake of the corona(virus) pandemic," The UAE Embassy's information office in Beirut said in a statement.
"Food is being provided through the kitchen of a Lebanese family as a means to support and assist them in continuing to earn their living, which contributes to spreading goodness among all," the statement added.
There are currently 737 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Lebanon and 25 deaths reported to date.
Lebanon's worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war is being compounded by the coronavirus lockdown. Poverty has risen to 45 percent of the population, according to official estimates.
Its economy is forecast to contract 12 percent in 2020, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
While the Lebanese pound has also plummeted against the dollar, resulting in high inflation.